You Clean Up Nice!
4. Lose the Unibrow
Waxing hurts like a mother, but your future Mrs. or Mr. will appreciate the tidy-up. At Chelsea’s Wellness Men’s Day Spa (44 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-366-9080), $22 buys you a pair of perfectly articulated arches, sans the friendship bridge. Ear- and nose-waxing sessions are $22 apiece; to depilate larger swaths—that tuft curling up past your shirt collar, perhaps?—try sugaring, a treatment that doesn’t yank skin as much as traditional waxing does because it’s applied at room temperature. Chest sugarings are priced at $48, backs at $60, and butts at $75.
5. Revitalize Your Mane
When an NFL coach wins a game that secures his place in the Super Bowl, he gets a Gatorade shower. Your big event deserves one better: A signature beer rinse ($35) at Erica Fleischman, A Men’s Salon (142 E. 49th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-750-5666), in which an actual brewski (typically Guinness for dark hair and Corona for light) is cracked open and dumped on your head. Proteins from the hops and malt make hair shiny, soft, and voluminous, while a final shampooing ensures you won’t leave the place smelling like a drunkard. Treatments also come with a ten-minute scalp massage and a hot towel to the face, plus a beer or scotch to pass the time.
6. Get a Day-of Touch-Up
A bride’s day-of prep goes on for hours: In the time it takes her to put on the dress—45 minutes, give or take—you and your man-crew can cram in the whirlwind Refresher package ($75) at Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers (120 E. 56th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-759-5015). The combo includes a straight-edge shave, hair wash and styling, scalp massage, manicure, and shoe shine. (Don’t worry, most fussing takes place behind a privacy screen.) And if your hand and mouth are ever free at the same time, there’s a bonus: Beer, wine, and the hard stuff are on the house.
From the Summer 2012 New York Wedding Guide